About Us

Our Team

We are a team of insurance professionals committed to serving the cannabis community in an ethical and informed fashion. We are passionate about the healing powers of cannabis and have dedicated our practice to ensuring cannabis business owners have quality insurance. We are proud members of the CCIA and are actively involved in educating businesses about insurance and quality coverage.

Stephanie Bozzuto

Stephanie Bozzuto

Co-Founder
& President of Marketing

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Andrea Hering

Andrea Hering

Co-Founder
& Director of Sales

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Danny Bozzuto

Danny Bozzuto

Co-Founder
& President of Operations

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Shauna Blackburn

Shauna Blackburn

Executive Accounts Director
& Risk Manager

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Loren Barrett

Loren Barrett

Insurance Broker

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Jason Velez

Jason Velez

Insurance Broker

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Ralyssa Robinson

Ralyssa Robinson

Account Manager

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Mandy Lavenduskey

Mandy Lavenduskey

Account Manager

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Stephanie Bozzuto

Co-Founder & President of Marketing

Stephanie Bozzuto is an insurance professional with 14 years’ experience in business development, marketing strategy, and insurance coverage analysis. Stephanie is the Co-Founder of Cannabis Connect Insurance Services, a partner of Acrisure LLC, one of the 10th largest insurance brokerages in the world and fastest growing in industry history. With program management skills, Stephanie has co-developed cannabis insurance product offerings and is utilized as a cannabis insurance expert for other Acrisure insurance brokerages throughout the Nation.

Stephanie speaks on multiple platforms and panels about insurance, loss prevention and compliance in the cannabis industry. She is a member of the Insurance and Cultivation Committee of the California Cannabis Industry Association, the Secretary of the Board for the San Diego Cannabis Industry Association, a board member of the Executive Board of the San Diego Cannabis Industry, the Vice Chair of the Risk and Insurance Committee of the National Cannabis Industry Association and is actively involved with the San Diego Rotary Club 33. Stephanie stays on top of industry trends, legislative changes, and insurance coverages to keep her client’s interests first in mind. She has the expertise in setting goals, monitoring projects and evaluating results to ensure her client’s objectives are met. Stephanie Bozzuto is a proven leader who thrives on learning and takes great pride in her work.

(877) 492-6958

(858) 525-5558

stephanie@cannabisconnectinsurance.com

Andrea Hering

Co-Founder & President of Sales

Andrea has been part of the firm for over 16 years and became a partner in 2014. During this time, Andrea has become a trusted adviser, offering unique insurance and risk management solutions to clients in affordable housing, development, construction and cannabis. Andrea is one of the greatest driven employees at the firm, consistently bringing in some of the largest accounts in the company while earning the title, Sales Manager. Andrea’s expertise in cannabis insurance is substantial with a niche in construction cannabis projects. Andrea’s background in construction and developers give her the ability to insure cannabis projects while under construction and when they are fully operational.

(877) 492-6958

(408) 429-9874

andrea@cannabisconnectinsurance.com

Danny Bozzuto

Co-Founder & President of Operations

Danny educates and empowers his clients when it comes to insurance. He has served on advisory committees, participated as a panelist for risk management and helped develop new insurance programs. Danny is a member of the San Jose Rotary, San Jose Downtown Association, the Silicon Valley Organization, and the Silicon Valley Cannabis Alliance. Danny works with Cannabis Connect’s carriers, understanding product exclusions, inclusions and endorsements. Danny’s focus is to ensure Cannabis Connect only sells insurance products that provide you with the right coverage at the right cost.

(877) 492-6958

(408) 680-0253

danny@cannabisconnectinsurance.com

Shauna Blackburn

Executive Accounts Director/Risk Manager

Shauna Blackburn is a passionate cannabis awareness advocate and insurance professional serving the needs of the Cannabis Industry.  Her primary focus has been protecting businesses by risk management and assessment, in order to tailor insurance products to fill the specific needs of target commodity businesses.  She has used her passion, zeal and professionalism to benefit small and large business owners for more than twenty years.  Because of her strong convictions regarding cannabis legalization, for the past four years, she has refocused her efforts with one of the largest cannabis insurers in the nation, helping develop loss control for cannabis businesses.

With a high level of knowledge and experience in the cannabis business structures, her mission is to protect and educate business owners by helping them avoid litigation and mitigate financial loss due to unforeseen property damage.  Shauna enjoys the daily validation of using her passion to protect other business owners by using her background to educate whenever possible.  This is her way of making sure the cannabis legalization and legitimization movement continues to grow and flourish. Shauna’s motto is simple “I am here to protect the industry that I love.”

(408) 497-9882

shauna@cannabisconnectinsurance.com

Loren Barrett

Insurance Broker

Loren delivers the highest level of customer service and support in the ever-changing and growing cannabis industry. Loren is very personable, outgoing, and able to meet our customer’s needs. He is experienced in fast paced environments and coordinating multiple projects. Since joining the Bozzuto team, Loren has been recognized as an Accredited Adviser of Insurance. Loren is actively involved in groups such as the CA Cannabis Industry Association and actively partnering with businesses in Silicon Valley, Salinas, Monterey, Watsonville, and the Santa Cruz area.

(877) 492-6958

(669) 222-0111

loren@cannabisconnectinsurance.com

Jason Velez

Insurance Broker

Jason has over 13 years of insurance and payroll experience. Jason is proud of proving his clients with the best possible experience while helping them formulate a sound insurance and risk management program for their company’s specific needs. Jason has managed a lead group for the past 2 years, he’s a member of the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce, the Gilroy Rotary where he is on the event planning board and a member of the Monterey chapter of the CA Cannabis Industry Association.

(877) 492-6958

(669) 222-0146

jason@cannabisconnectinsurance.com

Ralyssa Robinson

Account Manager

Ralyssa started her insurance career in 2014 and learned from the bottom, working her way up to managing her own book of business with a specialization in the cannabis industry. By focusing on this niche market, Ralyssa has the ability to understand its nuances and its changing environment. On top of her career, Ralyssa recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Ralyssa works closely with clients servicing and managing their accounts. She has quickly established a reputable reputation excelling in client expectations through her knowledge and quality service.

(877) 492-6958

ralyssa@cannabisconnectinsurance.com

Mandy Lavenduskey

Account Manager

Mandy started her insurance career in 2004 and has worked as an account manager of personal and commercial lines with various Insurance Agents and Brokers throughout her career. Her introduction to the cannabis insurance world came when she was underwriting cannabis business insurance programs with a Managing General Agent.

Mandy enjoys working with the rapidly growing cannabis industry and coming up with solution based answers for her clients. She prides herself on maintaining high standards of quality customer service and strives to meet the ever-increasing expectations for her clients.

(877) 492-6958

mandy@cannabisconnectinsurance.com

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